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Sue Burke
Clarion Write-a-Thon: My novel, my goal 
28th-Jun-2011 05:49 pm
Clarion Write-a-Thon

Right now at the Clarion Workshop, ambitious and excited participants have begun writing. Fifteen years ago, I was one of the participants.

During week three, the instructor, Gregory Frost, assigned an exercise involving a wall. As I recall, it went something like this:

"Imagine that a wall that appears overnight between two groups about to go to war. They can see through it, they can communicate through it, but they can't pass through it and attack each other. Begin that story."

We only had to write the opening paragraphs, but some of us were inspired to continue. Mike VanWie wrote a bittersweet love story that we would now call steampunk, but back then we just called imaginative. Dan Jeffers wrote a comic sword and sorcery novel with sex scenes in the appendices, which he hadn't had time to write yet.

I eventually wrote a science fiction story in which the wall was a human colony on a distant planet. That story was published, and later I expanded it into a novel, Transplants. I'm doing the final edits on that novel as my Clarion Write-a-Thon goal. It will be published in 2012 by EDGE.

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— Sue Burke

28th-Jun-2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
Now that was touching. And I mean that.
29th-Jun-2011 07:57 am (UTC)
I have just begun to stroll down memory lane.

Game over, man!
29th-Jun-2011 10:54 am (UTC)
I still have two t-shirts in wearable condition. And it's sad how many of the markets shown are gone now.

Cookies? remember cookies from Greg's week? He sat far away from you.
29th-Jun-2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
I still have the two cookies, but maybe some things shouldn't be brought up.

No pun intended.
29th-Jun-2011 04:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, you're not much of a cookie maker these days? Well, say no more. I, for one, won't bring it up again. (Though I like to remind Greg about it from time to time.)

Teddy bears and Monica's pregnancy and the story competition in the testosterone set (how many "stories" can you write in 6 weeks?) and Emily Dickinson in the space program.

And then...punky hair dye!
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